Washington, March 25: US President Dold Trump is weighing on a recommendation from his tiol Security Council to expel a group of Russian diplomats from Washington in response to the poisonings of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain, the media reported. It is believed that the US had been waiting to see what members of the European Council would do, an informed source told CNN on Saturday. On Friday, 10 European countries announced they would follow Britain’s lead by also expelling Russian diplomats. Germany, France, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Czech, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Ireland and several others will “likely” expel the Russians on Monday, a senior foreign diplomat told CNN.
The tiol Security Council’s recommendation to Trump comes after a high-level meeting at the White House on Wednesday in which the council drew up a range of options to take action against Russia, according to State Department officials. Members of the tiol Security Council and State Department are speaking with their European counterparts to gauge how many they are planning to expel, according to the source.
Prior to Wednesday’s meeting, a State Department official told CNN the move would be considered a “very serious step”, especially given the last round of tit-for-tat expulsions that have left both Russia and the US with significantly smaller diplomatic forces in each other’s countries. Russia and the UK have been embroiled in a bitter diplomatic fight since Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33-year-old Yulia Skripal, were poisoned in the English cathedral city of Salisbury on March 4. UK Prime Minister Theresa May called the incident “a brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil”.(IANS)